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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jun 11, 2014 10:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: tuning and knoodling

Bob tried to interject some ... well I guess he though it was showbiz style into the shows . I believe somewhere in the Taper's Compendium 2, this was described as "Bob the happy cheese man" . His attempts are so corny that THEY are sort of endearing . I recall a quote form an article posted here a while ago, describing their appeal , "Jerry was so uncool, he was cool" .
I had a non-Dead fan friend form Tower, and she had been taken to see one of the JGB shows . She was not impressed . "He just sat there like a big lump" .
I could have said a lot of things about it being music, the show is yourself, look and a lll the crazy people around you , you wanted him to be like Kiss?... but some people expect a "show", and some a concert .

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Poster: Reade Date: Jun 11, 2014 11:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: tuning and knoodling

The Dead passed through town my junior year in high school and the music reviewer for the school paper- a senior - attended. He was a big man on campus- he had a girl friend and everything. He boned them really bad in his review and the line I remember verbatim: "They just stood there!" This was the era of David Bowie and Alice Cooper and Rock as Theatre and all that other shit.
I thought hell, that's what I actually like about those guys! They were serving the music in a kind of blue collar fashion- keeping front and center what was important, and what was not. THAT to me was the epitome of professionalism- having your priorities in order. So what if they were weirdos about tuning or weren't the greatest singers?